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Barnes Collection

The Barnes Foundation was established in 1922 by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, to "promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts." Albert Barnes was born in a working class Philadelphia neighborhood in 1872 and attended Central High School. As a youngster, he attended camp revival meetings with his mother who was a devout Methodist. It was at those religious retreats that Barnes developed an appreciation for African American culture, spiritual revivals and creative expression. This connection would resurface in later years and have a lasting impact on the man and his work.

The Mutter Museum

The Museum's collections include over 20,000 objects, including approximately 900 fluid-preserved anatomical and pathological specimens; 10,000+ medical instruments and apparati, primarily dating between 1750 and the present; ca. 400 anatomical and pathological models in plaster, wax, papier mache, and plastic; ca. 200 items of memorabilia of famous scientists and physicians; and ca. 1500 medical illustrations in the form of lantern slides, 35 mm. slides, photographs, drawings, and prints. The Museum continues to receive medical instruments and specimens donated by Fellows, other physicians, and individuals.

The College Collections include over 160 portraits in oil and other media; 75 portrait busts; 600 medical medals, badges, and coins; and 25 silver presentation pieces.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. The collection of Asian art, with objects dating from the third millenium B.C. to the present, includes ceramics, sculpture, paintings, and decorative objects as well as a Japanese ceremonial teahouse, a Chinese palace hall, and a celebrated collection of Oriental carpets. The European collections include medieval sculpture, stained glass, and a 13th-century French cloister; masterpieces of Renaissance painting; a suite of 18th-century French interiors; and superb Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. The American collections include extensive holdings of Pennsylvania German art; refined furniture and silver by early Philadelphia craftsmen; and the most important collection in the world of works by Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. The art of the 20th century can be traced from the early innovations of Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and Duchamp to great works of abstract expressionism, pop art, color field painting, and contemporary work in many media.

Academy of Music

Philadelphia's Academy of Music is both a celebrated historical landmark and a current focus of cultural life in the city. Opened in 1857, the Academy is the oldest grand opera house in the United States still used for its original purpose. It remains one of the busiest halls in the world and hosts a myriad of community functions and cultural activities, including performances by the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet and Philly Pops with Peter Nero. The Academy is owned by The Philadelphia Orchestra Association and is managed by The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Freedom Theatre

Rooted in the African American tradition, Freedom Theatre is an institution dedicated to achieving artistic excellence in professional theatre and performing arts training for the enrichment of our community.

Rodin Museum

The museum, which opened to the public in 1929, houses 124 sculptures, including bronze casts of the artist's greatest works: The Thinker, perhaps the most famous sculpture in the world; The Burghers of Calais, his most heroic and moving historical tribute; Eternal Springtime, one of the most powerful works dealing with human love; powerful monuments to leading French intellectuals such as Apotheosis of Victor Hugo; and the culminating creation of his career, The Gates of Hell, on which the artist worked from 1880 until his death in 1917.

Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (PCMS) is one of the largest, most accessible music presenting forums in the United States. For just $15-20 per concert, audiences can enjoy the world's most exceptional chamber ensembles, pianists, singers, string players, jazz artists and special musical attractions.

Wine School of Philadelphia

The Wine School of Philadelphia is one of the most respected wine education firms on the east coast. From fun wine classes to industry training, they offer a gamut of services to both the public and private sectors.